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"We purchased plumbing deal for $150 We said we had moaning, thumping sounds in hot water faucet sink; whistling sound with cold water faucet. The provider didn't" show up at the time scheduled. Called a few times and they said he was minutes away. He was actually about an hour past the time they said he'd be here. Said we needed pressure regulator and it would be another $115. Whistling sound on cold water faucet ended; thumping sound on hot water faucet is still there, tho not as intense as it was. Plumber said our pressure from the street was too high and should be fixed, and that we might also consider a new water heater. Discussed these issues with contractor friends later and without going into details, it appeared that they were trying to upsell us. Next time I'll use another plumbing outfit.

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So you're in the bathroom minding your own business when you notice, ahem, seepage around the base of the toilet. It's not human error, but an issue with the john. The good news: It could be a relatively simple, inexpensive fix.

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It is not uncommon for a plumber to have to go get the parts necessary to repair and complete the job.  It is very hard to determine what the problem is over the phone and it is not until the repair process begins that the parts needed to resolve the problem is discovered.  It may also depend on if the plumber is using hourly rates or per job rates.  I would hope the time to get the parts would be minimal and the charge would be as well!
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From the sounds of it, you have a clog between the floor drain and the connection to the city sewer (unless you have a septic tank).  The lower flow rates of sinks / showers / dishwashers probable don't cause a backup like the washing machine does.  A couple of suggestions.

1.  Snake the drain line with a spade tip snake, twisting the snake as you advance it.  This should clear the partial blockage.

 2.  If feasable, have your washing machine discharge into a utility sink and put a strainer on the drain to catch the clothing fibre (fibres and grease from the sink probably made the clog in the first place not to mention a garbage disposal).

3.  Replace your floor drain with one that has a backflow preventer (looks like there is a ping pong ball in it).

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FYI: CPVC and PEX are two different materials and installed differently.  PEX is not intended to be glued but instead has special crimp fittings.  PEX is a brand name of one product that is manufactured slightly differently by others as well so it is important that the same brand fittings are used to match the pipe material.

Mobile homes used CPVC for years and some still do.  It works fine but is not as strong as a properly soldered copper pipe system.  Is the contractor installing this new plumbing a licensed plumber?  I'd be surprised if he is since he's using CPVC and not PEX (or similar) or copper.  PEX pipe is even cheaper than CPVC when run by a knowledgable plumber.  It doesn't require nearly as many joints since it comes in rolls and can flex through spaces easily.

There are some groups raising a fuss about BPA and other chemicals found in plastics that don't like the use of CPVC, PVC, or PEX pipe.  I haven't seen the results of any lab tests to confirm or dispute their concerns.  As far as durability goes it's fairly safe as long as it's properly installed and secured.  It is not as susceptible to hard water damage as copper.  It absolutely must be insulated along it's entire length to protect it from contact to other materials as well as freezing.  Also, the fixtures in the house need to be grounded electrically since the pipe itself provides no electrical protection against accidental shock or electrocution.  In a copper plumbed house the system is grounded so static electricity, a short in a wire near a water line, or lightning strike will carry the current out through the pipe instead of through the water to you, ideally.

If it's installed correctly you should be fine but make sure the contractor knows what he is doing and follows the proper procedures to use CPVC pipe.

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It is usually cheaper to remove part of the ceiling below and patch it after the leak has been repaired.  Remember that water can travel before settling in one area, causing the spot you've seen.  Just because it is below the toilet does not mean that the toilet is the problem.  The cheapest option is to pull the toilet and check the floor around the wax ring to see if it has been leaking.  A new wax ring only costs a few dollars.  When was the last time you caulked the shower in that bathroom?  The water can leak around the corners or at the door (if you have one) and travel along the floor joists until it pools in a lower spot on the ceiling below, then seep through.  It could also be a seal at the drain of the tub or shower. 

I get a few calls a year for this sort of thing.  It's usually something simple but can be a nightmare to diagnose, especially if the problem is intermittent.  Start with the simple possibilities and use deductive reasoning to narrow the possibilities.  Before you do a lot of damage it may pay off to hire a reputable contractor to help you make sure you've exhausted all of the imple and more obvious possibilities.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

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I felt like the person who came out was not qualified. It was a
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job with maybe $20 in parts and an hour and a half of labor. He took pictures and said he needed to go back and consult with his boss. I bought the deal as a time saver but it just ended up not being worth it.
- Vince S.
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Excellent - they picked up the phone on the first ring and within 30 minutes, Umberto was here and fixing my kitchen sink. Awesome and fast service.
- Andrew S.
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Contractor showed up on time to provide an assessment and cost bid on three plumbing jobs at my residence. Contractor stated he would follow up with bid estimate but never submitted one to me.
- Jeremy B.
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Top notch service and highly recommend. Responses to questions via email were quick and work was done on time and at a great price. I needed to update a kitchen faucet that was leaking at the base.
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offered free advice on space/compatability before I ordered the new faucet. I emailed photos from top and bottom of the sink along with the new model I wanted. He responded same day with OK it would work and I ordered it along with an instant hot water system from Home Depot and Amazon. We made an appointment over a week out but when I got notice the parts came in early,
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was able to fit me in sooner.
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ended up doing the install himself and it went perfectly. He pointed out the trap was worn and about to start leaking. He had spares with him and replaced it at no extra charge. Before leaving, he showed me how to work everything and took time to answer questions I had about a shower project. Very satisfied and will definately use AquaStar again.
- Shawn L T.
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I have provided Angie's List with this information twice prior to this.
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cancelled the appt a few days prior to coming, saying they were not honoring Angie's Lists clients any longer. I lost my money because, by the time they cancelled, it was over the limit for reimbursement from Angie's. I spoke to customer service at Angie's and they said there was nothing they could do, only credit it to another different or like service immediately. Angie's found a few other like services, but they were twice the cost of
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- Jill P.
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The entire process went excellently. Guy
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arrived at our residence promptly, surveyed the work required and began the work on the kitchen faucet assembly. The kitchen faucet fixture itself was of excellent quality. The repair work went smoothly and was completed sooner than I had expected. The bathroom sink drain assembly was replaced as well as the kitchen faucet.
Mr.
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- Richard I.
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On time, professional, pleasant, reasonably priced. Based on per-hour fee, which I like. I never use plumbers who charge by the job- their prices are usually inflated.
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Tri-Valley Plumbing

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Triola Plumbing

1474 University Ave Suite 155
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Triple A Plumbing

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TRIPLE A PLUMBING SERVICE CORP.

P.O BOX 5144
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TROMBORG ROYAL PLUMBING

180 SCHOOL ST
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25111 monte vista dr
Hayward

Troxel Hvac

10 Chrisdumar Ln
Petaluma

Troy Minor Construction

25672 Maitland Dr
Hayward

True Craft Builders Inc.

4 Brown Ct
Martinez

Trugar Construction

149 Elwood St
Redwood City

Turbo Plumbing Inc

18719 Lamson Rd
Castro Valley

U-SAVE KITCHEN AND BATH

45200 Industrial Dr
Fremont

Underhill Plumbing

577 Palmoa Ave
Pacifica

Unique Concrete Creations

1079 Elm Street
San Jose

Universal Developing, Inc

871 Industrial Rd, Unit A
San Carlos

Urban Plumbing of Vallejo

1208 Amador St
Vallejo

URBAN SHELTER LLC

520 Dover Dr
Walnut Creek

URGENT ROOTER

294 34TH AVE
San Francisco

USA Bath California Remodeling

2500 Del Monte St
West Sacramento

USA SERVICES

331 N VERDUGO RD
Glendale

Val Betti Plumbing & Heating

3605 MacDonald Ave
Richmond

Valex Construction

2151 24th Ave
San Francisco

Valex Construction

2151 24th Ave
San Francisco

Valko Refacing

535 Mountain View Dr
Daly City

Valley Home Builders Inc

3466 Edward Avenue
Santa Clara

Valley Plumbing

361 Monroe St
Napa

Valley Plumbing Home Center, Inc

272 Rose Ave
Pleasanton

VAN DER STERRE CONSTRUCTION

634 OAK ST
San Francisco

VanGo Rooter

170 S Spruce Ave Suite E
South San Francisco

Vanni Brothers Construction

18964 Sara Park Cir
Saratoga

Vantage Construction Inc

PO Box 9580
Santa Rosa

Vargas Construction

664 Red Rome Ln
Brentwood

Vasona Construction

4120 Business Center Dr
Fremont

VICS PLUMBING

3649 WESTVIEW DR
San Jose

Victor Handyman Service

1731 Peach Pl
Concord

Vintage Plumbing

268 Firelight Ct.
Santa Rosa

VIRDI CONSTRUCTION. INC

P.O.Box 953
Fremont

Visionary Builders

1007 B West College
Santa Rosa

Von Renner Construction & Excavation Inc

Mailing: P.O. Box 2308 Physical: 12656 River Rd
Guerneville

VRG Plumming

4100 Brookdale Ave
Oakland

W D Plumbing

516 Margaret Ave
Aptos

W D Plumbing

1484 Bulb Ave
Santa Cruz

WALTER BERNHARDT PLUMBING

2727 39TH AVE
San Francisco

Water Heaters Express

7220 Willow Creek Cir
Vallejo

Water Heaters Masters

1647 Willow Pass road
Concord

Water Heaters Only, Inc

3620 Haven Ave
Redwood City

Water Quality Plumbing

1716 Stone Ave
San Jose

WATER TECH SYSTEMS

11555 DUBLIN BLVD
Dublin

WATER WORKS PLUMBING COMPANY

22254 MAIN ST
Hayward

Watson Craig Construction

PO Box 74
Monte Rio

Wayne Horne Plumbing

PO Box 5443
Vallejo

WDF Handyman Services

250 Moncada Way
San Francisco

Weeks Drilling & Pump Co

6100 Hwy 12
Sebastopol

WEIGEL MECHANICAL-ELECTRICAL

823 SAN ALESO AVE
Sunnyvale

West Construction Co.

PO Box 5561
Oakland

West County Handyman

8628 Thors Bay Rd
El Cerrito

WestCoast Plumbing Service Inc

44279 Fremont Blvd Suite N
Fremont

Whistle Plumbing

158 Dennis Dr
Daly City

Wilfredo Duenas Repair Services

931 Capp St
San Francisco

Wilkinson Design & Construction Inc.

46 Greenfield Dr
San Anselmo

Wilkinson Design+Construction Inc.

72 Clayton Street
San Rafael

William Lipp Hydronics Inc

745 2nd Ave
Redwood City

Willow Glen Appliance Service

1129 Lincoln Ave
San Jose

Wilson General Contracting

1852 W 11th St Suite 149
Tracy

WILSON'S PLUMBING

85 ALDER AVENUE
San Anselmo

Wine Country Kitchen & Bath Inc.

5322 Vine Hill Rd
Forestville

Winzeler Construction Service

931 Hastings Drive
Concord

Wix Construction

PO Box 5039
Walnut Creek

Wizard Plumbing and Drain

717 Laurel St.
San Carlos

WK Construction

San Francisco

Wolff Contracting Inc.

3100 Dutton Ave
Santa Rosa

WOLFGRAM CONSTRUCTION

2362 Garnet Star St

WOODENBRIDGE INC

483 Reynolds Circle
San Jose

Works Plumbing & Rooter

97 Morton Dr
Daly City

Xtra Hand

3411 Randolph Ave.
Oakland

Y B Construction

1226 Heatherstone Way
Sunnyvale

YAU CONSTRUCTION INC

1531 WENDY DR
Pleasant Hill

YIU WONG CONSTRUCTION CO

3720 RIVERA ST
San Francisco

YOSEMITE FALLS WELL DRILLERS

5040 FAIRGROUNDS RD
Mariposa

Your MyGuy'ver

5328 Navajo Way

Zandak Inc.

4100 Redwood Road

ZEF TUB REPAIR

530 MARBLE ARCH DRIVE
San Jose

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